week in review Oracle's Java patent and copyright lawsuit against Google and its Android mobile operating system kicked off this week with some familiar faces taking the witness stand.
Oracle attorney David Boies
The next witness called by Oracle was its CEO, Larry Ellison, who. "People could copy our software and create cheap knockoffs of our products, we wouldn't get paid for our engineering and wouldn't be able to invest what we invest."
When asked by Google's lead attorney, Robert Van Nest, if the Java language is free, Ellison was slow to respond. When directed to answer by William Alsup, Ellison said, "I don't know."
Java is free, but it also has a set of licenses that are required for specific use cases. Google maintains that Android's 15 million lines of code only contain parts of Java that were freely available in the public domain.
At times this week, the trial setting seemed more like a computer science classroom than a courtroom, with witnesses explaining the inner workings of Java and APIs. But this handy guide helps explain the
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